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Onyefulu, Ifeoma (Author)
Quarto 2013. 28 pages
First published: 2013
Series: Look at This!
ISBN: 9781847802668 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 640
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This little book offers images of traditional objects found around homes in Mali. Minimal captions simply identify the object by name, e.g. “Sponge.” These are somewhat supplemented by information in the introduction: “Sponge comes from plants, parts of which have been shredded and dried in the sun.”

Young children will be interested in these domestic images and may be inspired to discuss them in relation to their own homes. “Cooking Pot” shows a woman cooking on a little outdoor coal-burning brazier. Another sweeps her porch with a bundle of natural brush: “Brooms.” “Water Pot” shows a terracotta vessel resting in a metal stand. Everyone will relate to the final image of a child napping among the brilliant colours of a woven mat and sarongs, “Sleeping Mat.”

Each one of the colourful photographic images offers rich potential for questions and discussion about the lifestyle of the people who live in these homes.

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    Examine the endpapers. Name and describe familiar and unfamiliar objects. Make inferences about some of the unfamiliar objects.

  •  Read the introduction. Refer to the glossary words as you read, if necessary.
  •  

    What objects are the same or different from those found in your home? Use pictures and words to complete a graphic organizer comparing a home in Mali to a home in Québec.

  •  What can you infer about access to infrastructure and technology in Mali from looking at the pictures? Discuss how the objects give clues about what daily life might be like in Mali.
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    Do a picture walk. Discuss how the objects are the same or different from those found in your home.

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    Using teacher-selected resources (such as picture dictionaries), explore the variety of tools we use in place of the one object used in Mali. For example, instead of a cooking pot, we might use a frying pan, saucepan, crock pot or tajine.

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    From the clues found in the pictures, discuss how life in Mali is similar to or different from that in Québec.

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    From the illustrations, infer what a home might look like in Mali. Draw a floor plan of such a home and label its parts.

  • To construct his/her identity
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Geography, History and Citizenship